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The Dusty VHS Corner: Stock Footage Spectaculars

Tom Jolliffe delves into The Dusty VHS Corner for a trio of stock footage spectaculars in Strategic Command, Stormcatcher and Steel Sharks

In the mid to late 90’s, there was an almost epidemic boom of straight to video films that featured plot-lines involving submarines or fighter planes. Why? Well given the vast majority of these films were shot for about $3.00 each, the idea was to have plot-lines with these elements in order to use stock shots of F-16 fighter jets, stealth fighters, U-boats and other military based vehicles of air and sea in order to give the illusion that these films were more lavishly budgeted than they actually were, and indeed to further save time in the remainder of the shoot. If you go into a film knowing that you’ve already got 15 minutes of screen-time ready in a stock footage library, then you’ve only got to worry about
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Forget Sue Sylvester: Five True Jane Lynch Career Highlights

As you’ve probably heard by now, the fabulous Jane Lynch is on Broadway and drawing rave reviews as the villainous Miss Hannigan in the Annie revival now at The Palace Theater.

(Lynch is only performing through July 14th, so you only have a couple weeks to catch her! Tickets here.)

I thought this was a great time to look back at some Jane Lynch career highlights. And guess what? I’m leaving Sue Sylvester off this list. Great a creation as it is, I’m burned out on Sue Sylvester. You probably are too.

So rather than let Sue and her track suit define and delimit the amazing talents of Jane Lynch, let’s celebrate five other pop culture contributions from this amazing performer.

5. Christy Cummings, the lesbian dog handler from Best In Show (2000)

The first time I ever noticed Jane Lynch was in Christopher Guest‘s mockumentary about fanatical purebred dog owners.
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Don Cornelius, Creator of Soul Train, Dead at 75

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Don Cornelius, Creator of Soul Train, Dead at 75
Don Cornelius, the creator and longtime host of TV’s Soul Train, was found dead on Wednesday at his home in Los Angeles, after apparently taking his own life. He was 75.

Police had responded to a report of a gunshot around 4 a.m. Pst, the Associated Press reports, and Cornelius was declared dead at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center from a self-inflicted gunshot wound an hour later.

Don was a visionary pioneer and a giant in our business,” music industry icon Quincy Jones said in a statement. “Before MTV there was Soul Train; that will be the great legacy of Don Cornelius.
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Soul Train: Music TV Series Set to Return

One of America's longest-running series, Soul Train, is finally back on track. The once "must see" music show has been purchased by a new owner who promises to resurrect Soul Train in a new fashion.

Soul Train started airing in Chicago on August 17, 1970 and showcased many R&B and soul artists. An immediate success, Soul Train was quickly syndicated and began airing in selected cities across the Us. The show's home base moved to Los Angeles in 1972 where it remains today. Don Cornelius, the series' creator, served as host until 1993 when he was replaced by a series of guest hosts. Mystro Clark took over full-time in 1997, Shemar Moore replaced him in 1999, and Dorian Gregory began hosting in 2003.

The music show is billed as "the longest running, first-run, nationally syndicated program in television history." Soul Train aired original episodes from 1970 until the 2005 -- 2006 season. After that, compilation episodes began airing as
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Film review: 'Chairman of the Board'

Film review: 'Chairman of the Board'
You'd think Trimark would have learned from the failure of "Meet Wally Sparks", but no.

The latest misbegotten vehicle for a comedian attempting to be the next Jim Carrey, "Chairman of the Board" marks the screen debut of Carrot Top, the aptly named comic with the out-of-control mop of red hair. Basically a cinematic extension of the comedian's prop-driven stand-up act, this mirthless exercise will have a none-too-brief theatrical run before reaching its adolescent target base on video and cable.

Mr. Top plays Edison, who is an inventor with a penchant for off-the-wall gadgets, some of which literally get him up in the morning. One day Edison comes to the automotive rescue of an elderly, surf-boarding enthusiast who's also a millionaire industrialist (Jack Warden, who deserves more dignified work at this stage of his career), and the two become fast friends. When the industrialist drops dead, he leaves his company in the hands of Edison, much to the consternation of the millionaire's scheming nephew Bradford (Larry Miller), who plots to sabotage Edison's reign and force stock prices down, thereby having control of the company revert to him.

The rest you can imagine. Edison, with the help of his slacker surfer buddies, invests the company with his particular brand of wackiness. Soon, other members of the board are occupying their time playing Twister, the employees are treated to Hawaiian luaus, and new products are devised -- like TV dinners with the television included. Edison also strikes up a more than improbable romance with a beautiful executive (Courtney Thorne-Smith, displaying an admirable good humor).

During the course of 95 minutes, Carrot Top manages the unlikely feat of managing not to do or say anything that seems remotely funny, although admittedly his brand of humor is for more specialized tastes. The only laughs in the film are generated by the ever-reliable Miller, whose timing and facial expressions make him a hilarious exemplar of comic malevolence. The other performers, including Raquel Welch and M. Emmet Walsh, go through their paces with professionalism, but they look as if they would rather be elsewhere.

Director Alex Zamm keeps things moving at a frenetic pace, constantly using bizarre camera angles and distortion lenses to produce a suitably animated effect. At other times, such as with a sequence depicting the inner workings of Carrot Top's brain, he resorts to animation directly. Viewers beware; the film utilizes extensive close-ups of Carrot Top's face, which, magnified to big-screen proportions, is not a sight for the faint-hearted.

CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD

Trimark Pictures

A 101st Street Films/Trimark Pictures production

Director: Alex Zamm

Screenplay: Al Septien, Turi Meyer, Alex Zamm

Story: Al Septien, Turi Meyer

Producer: Peter M. Lenkov, Rupert Harvey

Executive producer: Mark Amin

Co-executive producers: Brad L.C. Greenberg, Edward K. Phillips

Co-producers: Phillip B. Goldfine

Director of photography: David Lewis

Editor: Jim Hill

Production designer: Aaron Osborne

Music: Chris Hajian

Cast:

Color/stereo

Edison: Carrot Top

Natalie: Courtney Thorne-Smith

Bradford: Larry Miller

Grace Kosik: Raquel Welch

Ty: Mystro Clark

Zak: Jack Plotnick

Armand: Jack Warden

Ms. Krubavitch: Estelle Harris

Running time -- 95 minutes

MPAA rating: PG-13

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